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In 255-67 vote, House places Holder in contempt of Congress
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Posted on 06/28/2012 1:57:36 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

In 255-67 vote, House places Holder in contempt of Congress By Jordy Yager and Pete Kasperowicz - 06/28/12 04:37 PM ET

The House voted Thursday to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not complying with a congressional subpoena.

Seventeen Democrats bucked party lines and voted with Republicans to pass a criminal contempt resolution in a 255-67 vote. House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) pushed that resolution as part of his 16-month investigation into a botched Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation.

Only two Republicans voted no on the measure, while 65 Democrats recorded "no" votes and 108 Democrats didn't cast votes. Most of them were protesting the fact that the House GOP was holding the vote.

The two Republican "no" votes were Reps. Steve LaTourette (Ohio) and Scott Rigell (Va.). Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) was the only "present" vote from either party.

The Department of Justice is not expected to enforce the criminal contempt measure against Holder. But before the end of the day, the House was also expected to pass a separate resolution allowing the GOP House to pursue civil court action against Holder.

That second resolution could lead to a lengthy court battle if Issa pursues civil action against Holder.

While 17 Democrats sided with Republicans in the contempt vote, it was met with outrage from Democrats. The Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) joined by Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and many other Democrats staged a walkout during the vote as Democrats charged the GOP with staging a witch hunt against Holder that demeans the lower chamber.

Pelosi said during the debate that she would join the walkout, and told Democrats it's up to them whether to stay and vote against the resolution, or leave.

"So now I say to those who have a doubt about how they want to proceed, that instead of doing what I said before — which was just to come and to treat this as a bill before the Congress and express my no — listening to the unconscionable presentation, I want to join my CBC colleagues in boycotting the vote when we have the walkout after we have the debate," she said.

Several other Democrats also charged Republicans with making political hay against the Obama administration to help them in the November elections.

"When the history of this despicable proceeding is recorded, it will be said that your actions were politically motivated to discredit and defeat a president who has worked so hard over the past three years," Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-N.C.) declared on the House floor during rule debate.

But Republicans decried Holder's refusal to hand over documents relating to the Justice Department's reaction to Operation Fast and Furious as nothing less than a "cover-up" and pointed to President Obama's assertion of executive privilege over the material as evidence of the administration's lack of transparency.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) made a rare appearance on the floor to call for support for the resolution.

"I don't take this matter lightly, and I frankly hoped it would never come to this," Boehner said about an hour before voting started.

"But no Justice Department is above the law, and no Justice Department is above the Constitution, which each of us has sworn an oath to uphold," he said. "So I ask the members of this body to come together and to support this resolution."

Before the final vote, the House rejected a motion from Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) to recommit the resolution to Issa's committee. That motion failed 172-251, after which dozens of Democrats left the chamber.

As chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Issa has led Congress's investigation of Fast and Furious, which oversaw the sale of nearly 2,000 firearms to straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels.

Issa was initially concerned with uncovering who was responsible for allowing guns to "walk" during the operation. But he recently switched the primary concentration of his probe to focus on the DOJ's internal communications after the details of the operation were made public.

At the center of the feud between the DOJ and Issa is a letter the department sent last year to Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) stating that it does everything in its power to stop guns from going to Mexico. Ten months later, the DOJ took the rare step of withdrawing the letter because it contained false information.

Nearly two months before the DOJ rescinded the letter, Issa subpoenaed Holder for documents related to the fallout that the letter's misinformation had caused.

But after turning over about 7,600 pages of documents to Issa on Fast and Furious, the Attorney General has refused to comply with the remainder of the subpoena, stating that much of the requested information would jeopardize ongoing prosecutions and criminal cases if it were made public.

After attempts at negotiating a compromise failed last week, the president — at Holder's urging — asserted executive privilege over the documents in question.

The DOJ's inspector general has been investigating the failed operation for more than a year as well. And Issa says he should have access to the roughly 80,000 documents that the IG has received from the DOJ.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 06/28/2012 1:57:40 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

good


2 posted on 06/28/2012 1:59:02 PM PDT by CJ Wolf
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To: Sub-Driver

Squeal like a pig, Holder.


3 posted on 06/28/2012 2:02:09 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Sub-Driver

Today’s word is “bipartisan”.

Say it again and again.

Bipartisan!


4 posted on 06/28/2012 2:02:35 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: Sub-Driver

Only 67 Dims voted to support Commie Holder. LoL.


5 posted on 06/28/2012 2:02:35 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Sub-Driver

Who cares? Since the rule of law was thrown out by SCOTUS today, what is the point?

Our Republic is dead.


6 posted on 06/28/2012 2:04:21 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are just useless and useful idiots.)
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To: rogue yam
Bipartisan!

The meme for MSLSD, CNN, CBS, NBC...

In a mostly partisan vote....

7 posted on 06/28/2012 2:04:39 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Sub-Driver

I guess the barbecue strategy didn’t work as well as Holder hoped.


8 posted on 06/28/2012 2:05:00 PM PDT by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: All; Sub-Driver
In my view, if they didn't vote, it's the same as saying they support the measure but were afraid to go on record.

This is some what of a big deal but I've read there's been no enforcement of a contempt citation since 1934 when a Commerce Secretary was 'imprisoned' at a DC-area hotel.

I believe the worst penalty that can incure is a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

9 posted on 06/28/2012 2:05:40 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: All; Sub-Driver
In my view, if they didn't vote, it's the same as saying they support the measure but were afraid to go on record.

This is some what of a big deal but I've read there's been no enforcement of a contempt citation since 1934 when a Commerce Secretary was 'imprisoned' at a DC-area hotel.

I believe the worst penalty that can incur is a year in jail and a $100,000 fine.

10 posted on 06/28/2012 2:05:53 PM PDT by newzjunkey
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To: Red Steel

read closer - 65 dims and 2 repubs voted against the contempt resolution.


11 posted on 06/28/2012 2:06:28 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Fledermaus

Amen!


12 posted on 06/28/2012 2:09:02 PM PDT by sport
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To: Sub-Driver
Not sure about the two Republicans voting no. LaTourette (OH) is rated B- by GOA. Rigell (VA) is NR by GOA.

NRA had encouraged ALL members to vote YES to find Holder in contempt. Hence, 17 Dems did.

Don't understand why these two Republicans sided with Democrats...

13 posted on 06/28/2012 2:09:16 PM PDT by donozark (Col. C.Beckwith:I'd rather go down the river with 7 studs than with a hundred shitheads.)
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To: MrB
The two Republican "no" votes were Reps. Steve LaTourette (Ohio) and Scott Rigell (Va.).

RINOs.

14 posted on 06/28/2012 2:10:10 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Sub-Driver

Are there any Democrats anywhere who are concerned about Obama and what he is doing and has done?


15 posted on 06/28/2012 2:10:22 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Sub-Driver
So, this is pretty much how today's events played out...

Republicans (and the country) took a major blow from a horrible ruling from the USSC, and they stood there, rebutted it, and then went back to work

Eric Holder, the scumbag AG who has been subverting Congress for over a year on what his department did in the 'Fast and Furious' scandal, and the Democrat weenies picked up and ran away, because they were not getting their way, claiming 'partisan politics' is the reason behind this.

I am sorry, but the Dems are a bunch of cry-babies, who run away every time they do not get their way. This just kills me that they get away with this nonsense..

16 posted on 06/28/2012 2:10:39 PM PDT by Fedupwithit ("Live Free or Die: Death is not the worst of evils" - Gen. John Stark)
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To: Red Steel

Only 67 Dims voted to support Commie Holder. LoL.


Wow! even 13 commies voted against him...?


17 posted on 06/28/2012 2:11:52 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Fledermaus

One Supreme Court vote doesn’t kill the Republic.


18 posted on 06/28/2012 2:13:03 PM PDT by popdonnelly (The first priority is get Obama out of the White House.)
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To: Red Steel

Indeed - they wouldn’t want to be called “racist” or something...


19 posted on 06/28/2012 2:14:07 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: donozark

LaTourette on health care:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE_0UdjElNQ


20 posted on 06/28/2012 2:16:13 PM PDT by guido911 (Islamic terrorists are members http://www.freerepublic.com/foof the "ROP", the "religion of pu*&ies")
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To: Sub-Driver

... 108 Democrats didn’t cast votes ...

There’s some real leadership.


21 posted on 06/28/2012 2:17:23 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Fail: Republicans Schedule Holder Contempt Vote on Obamacare Day
In their latest display of political ineptitude, House Republicans today held the contempt vote for Attorney General Eric Holder over his failure to turn over documents in the Fast and Furious scandal. They could not have picked a worse time to schedule the vote. With the Obamacare decision breaking, the Holder vote – a turning point in the fight against Holder’s stonewalling on Fast and Furious – was absolutely swamped by Obamacare coverage. The planned Congressional Black Caucus walkout on the vote – an idiotic move designed to make the argument that Holder is being targeted due to his race – was completely overshadowed.

A conservative win over the Obama administration became a Thursday document dump, a net public relations loss for Republicans.

Whoever planned this ought to be fired.The American people deserved to be able to watch those proceedings without thinking about the greatest encroachment on personal freedom in our lifetimes. The focus should have been on Obama administration cover-ups. It should have been about Brian Terry.

Instead, we got President Obama triumphing over the Constitution with the help of the Supreme Court at the same time Republicans smacked his Attorney General.

With PR friends like this, conservatives don’t need enemies.


22 posted on 06/28/2012 2:17:32 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: Sub-Driver

What good will this do?


23 posted on 06/28/2012 2:20:11 PM PDT by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: Fledermaus

Yup, time to join the winning side, FR was wrong all along....


24 posted on 06/28/2012 2:22:46 PM PDT by yield 2 the right ( Space blank until I come up with a nice Tagline.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Whoop-de-doo. Big deal.


25 posted on 06/28/2012 2:23:06 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: Sub-Driver
Democrats said they aren’t defending the gun-walking operation, but said
the committee should leave Mr. Holder alone.


Leave Eric alone!

26 posted on 06/28/2012 2:25:03 PM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: popdonnelly

Your right the 17 th did it. This was just another nail.


27 posted on 06/28/2012 2:26:10 PM PDT by Kudsman
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To: Sub-Driver

while 65 Democrats recorded “no” votes and 108 Democrats didn’t cast votes.


So the final results were really 255 yes,,,173 no.


28 posted on 06/28/2012 2:26:31 PM PDT by chessplayer
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To: popdonnelly

no but 4 votes do.
dred scott
roe v wade
emminent domain
obamacare.

if this doesnt wake up our people nothing will.
the frog is just abt cooked.
i am just abt done fighting. ill take care of me n mine.
these useful idiots will get what they deserve..

we can probably start writing the 2013 headlines now.
massive starvation disease riots and that is just the beginning.


29 posted on 06/28/2012 2:28:12 PM PDT by Donnafrflorida (Thru HIM all things are possible.)
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To: Oldeconomybuyer

Muslims wont denounce their extremists, let alone will Democrates admit they have a problem. Of course, the RINOs being around and backstabbing does not help either.

They all have to keep the country on its homosexualoid track, or else it’s a roll back to reality that they are too cowardly to even mentaly conceive. They have given up long ago.


30 posted on 06/28/2012 2:32:53 PM PDT by JudgemAll (Democrats Fed. job-security Whorocracy & hate:hypocrites must be gay like us or be tested/crucified)
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To: Sub-Driver
The Department of Justice is not expected to enforce the criminal contempt measure against Holder.

That's a shock.

31 posted on 06/28/2012 2:40:13 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1255 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: null and void

Holders punishment should be that he must patrol the border in full ICE uniform for the next few years with one of those bean bag guns they get


32 posted on 06/28/2012 2:48:16 PM PDT by KTM rider
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To: Sub-Driver

Not only did they vote to place him in Contempt of Congress, they voted next to vote him in Civil Contempt of Congress.

The civil charge can be referred to the courts.

Surprisingly, even more Democrats voted for that than voted for the simple Contempt of Congress.


33 posted on 06/28/2012 2:49:48 PM PDT by DoughtyOne (Remove all Democrats from the Republican party, and we won't have much Left, just a lot of Right.)
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To: Sub-Driver
Ok, so what?

I am not trying to be flippant, but does this mean that Holder (or anyone else) actually has to supply the requested evidence or is it just a nice little procedure?

34 posted on 06/28/2012 2:50:30 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: redgolum

It’s a “Dog and Pony” Show, nothing will happen to Holder.


35 posted on 06/28/2012 2:52:16 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Sub-Driver
Reps. Steve LaTourette (Ohio) and Scott Rigell (Va.). ---------------------------------------------------- Good people of Ohio and Virginia, replace these turkeys in November.

As for those who walked out -- including Pelosi -- replace every one of them. What's with these Democrats? They run away and pout if they don't like the way the vote turns out? Cry babies.


36 posted on 06/28/2012 2:54:49 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: dfwgator
What a farce our country has become.

We are just waiting for a Cesar or a Mussolini now.

37 posted on 06/28/2012 2:56:43 PM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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To: Kudsman
Don't forget about the 16th Amendment.
38 posted on 06/28/2012 2:56:57 PM PDT by Repeat Offender (1 if by land, 2 if by sea, 3 if by SCOTUS)
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To: popdonnelly
One Supreme Court vote doesn’t kill the Republic.

But five do.

The 17th amendment, progressive taxation, and the total abuse of the commerce clause have killed the Republic.

There is no facet of our lives not now controlled by the Federal government.

39 posted on 06/28/2012 2:57:39 PM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: Sub-Driver
In my view, if they didn't vote, it's the same as saying they support the measure but were afraid to go on record.

BINGO! The vote sure looks lopsided against Holder because they did that. Cowards!

40 posted on 06/28/2012 2:58:51 PM PDT by sam_paine (X .................................)
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To: Sub-Driver

I think I get it now. If you are part of the right crowd you can get away with anything.


41 posted on 06/28/2012 3:00:26 PM PDT by Leep (Enemy of the StatistI)
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To: Sub-Driver

So what about the investigation? The documents in question? Do they have a plan to go forward or was this it?


42 posted on 06/28/2012 3:03:15 PM PDT by cinciella
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To: popdonnelly

This Supreme Court vote didn’t kill the Republic. It merely announced that the Republic is dead.

If fedgov is allowed to tax us for something we don’t do, without regard to the 9th and 10th Amendments, then the Republic is dead. It has been replaced by a national government committing many of the evils that are detailed in the unanimous Declaration of 1776.


43 posted on 06/28/2012 3:05:39 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Sub-Driver
So those 108 Democrats who walked out of the chamber actually made the contempt vote against Holder look even more lopsided than it otherwise would have been.

Thank you, you 108 Democrats...whoever you are!

44 posted on 06/28/2012 3:06:01 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: afraidfortherepublic

Let them walk out...obviously they learned nothing from the Wisconsin crybabies that tried that.


45 posted on 06/28/2012 3:09:39 PM PDT by SueRae (See it? Hell, I can TASTE November from my house!)
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To: Sub-Driver
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.) was the only "present" vote from either party.

Another Illinois politician who doesn't have the cojones to take a stand. Hey, if it's good enough for Obama, ...

46 posted on 06/28/2012 3:13:12 PM PDT by mellow velo (Oxymorons: jumbo shrimp, rap music, liberal think-tank)
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To: Sub-Driver
I don't get it.

The Department of Justice is not expected to enforce the criminal contempt measure against Holder.

Why bother holding him in contempt then?

?????
47 posted on 06/28/2012 3:17:29 PM PDT by Lucky9teen (Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading.~Thomas Jeffer)
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To: Sub-Driver

After today’s not-so-Supreme Court ruling on Obamacare, I’m holding the executive, legislative, & judical branches of the government ALL in deep contempt.


48 posted on 06/28/2012 3:19:49 PM PDT by OB1kNOb (The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty. - Prov 22:3)
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To: null and void
The House will send the citation to outside counsel to present to the court. No DOJ involvement. Things could move fast enough to result in a judgment before the end of summer.
49 posted on 06/28/2012 3:21:53 PM PDT by Jacquerie (The American Revolution is dead.)
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To: Sub-Driver

So, when will a congressional delegation show up to take Holder into custody?

(crickets)


50 posted on 06/28/2012 3:32:35 PM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of LibertyI'm st! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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